At the Races
Fred and Barn win at races
The Flintstones
Episode # 8
Season One
Air date November 18, 1960 (ABC)
Written by Warren Foster
Michael Maltese
Arthur Phillips
Directed by Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
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"At the Races" is the eighth episode of the season 1 of The Flintstones.


Fred & Barney want to buy a pool hall, so they go down to the dinosaur racetrack, where Fred blows all his money. To cover this up, he tells Wilma he was mugged.


Fred & Barney enjoy a game of pool at Boulder Dan's Billiards, where they soon find out that the owner is retiring and selling the place for $2,000. Fred gets the idea of them buying place so they can be their own bosses. They get the idea of betting on the race track, but the only money they have is Fred's $50 wages. They pretend to Wilma that Fred has been mugged, which she doesn't believe until she sees the giant bump on Fred's head (that Barney made to convince her). She calls the doctor, who's a quack, and forces Fred to stay in bed.

Wilma goes out for some market supplies for Fred, after ordering him to stay in bed. This disrupts the boys plans to go to the race track, so they phone a guy named Herman to bet on race dinosaur for them, who's currently in hands of the police for doing dodgy dealings. The only option now is to rush to the bus to the race track.

They make it at the race track and bet on Sabertooth. While there, they run into Fred's boss, who demands to know what he's doing. Fred's initially deceptive, but quickly realises that with the money he thinks he'll win, he doesn't have to hide anything, and tells his boss what he really thinks of him, along with twisting his big nose around. With Fred out of a job, they hope that Sabertooth really does win, which is further plagued by a Southern colonel betting against his own dinosaur. He mocks them that they shouldn't be betting on the races.

The race begins, and all seems lost until Sabretooth catches up, making for a close match between Sabertooth and Gravelpit, who the colonel bet on. The photo after reveals Sabertooth to have won, allowing Fred & Barney to follow their dream.

On the way home, they hide the money under a rock, before confessing to Wilma of what happened (who they think might just want to put it into a bank), who is thrilled about the idea. They go back to get the money, but are stopped by a mugger. Barney once again goes back to Wilma with a story of how Fred just got mugged, and once again she doesn't believe either of them.




  • TBA


  • Fred's car
  • Bus


Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble


  • Betty is absent.
  • This is the first time Fred's boss (or one of the incarnations of Mr. Slate) is seen.


  • None known.